Keep your kids entertained without breaking the bank
Keeping your little ones entertained can be a challenge at the best of times, but this can be even more difficult – not to mention expensive – during the summer months. You may have found yourself reaching for your credit card on more than one occasion to pay for days out and the cost of this can soon add up. Here are a few ideas you might not have tried before that could be worth giving a go.
There’s loads of fun to be had in the kitchen and your efforts can produce some tasty results. If your child likes nothing better than getting their hands dirty baking cakes may be the way to go. If they’re a bit older you could even give them the chance to plan and prepare a meal by themselves. They might make a few mistakes along the way, but they’ll have learned new skills and are sure to feel proud of the end results.
Investing in some arts and crafts supplies is a great idea for those days when the weather takes a turn for the worse. With some colouring pens, pencils, glitter and other bits and pieces you’ll be surprised at what you can come up with. It’s sure to be a more interesting option than spending the day stuck in front of a TV screen and will give you chance to bond with your child. There are loads of things you could try, such as drawing a portrait of each other or creating a collage.
Have a cheap day out
There are loads of ways to enjoy a fun day out at next to no cost. Why not pay a visit to a museum and learn something new or, if the weather is good, head on a nature trail in the great outdoors? You could even take a picnic along to avoid having to buy food at on site cafes, which can often prove expensive. A good day out doesn’t necessarily mean you have to make a new credit card application to cover the cost!
Get the board games out
With so many forms of entertainment it can be easy to forget about your old board games. But they’re a great way to get the family together, so consider dedicating a bit of time towards switching off mobile phones and other electronics and enjoying your time together.
With recent research suggesting most families will spend more than £1,000 per child during the school summer holidays, following these tips could be a good way to make sure you’re not falling in to that category.